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The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage

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The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage—originally published in 1900, translated by Samuel Mathers from a 15th-century French document—was purportedly written by Abraham for his son Lamech. Within this volume are three books.

The first book is Abraham's autobiography in which he speaks to his son. The second book is an explanation of the purification rituals nece
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1897)
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Brian
Jul 09, 2011 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysticism
A medieval German Jew named Abraham of Worms wanders through the Egyptian desert looking for a master to instruct him in the mysteries, and he comes across an old wizard named Abramelin, who teaches him a six month ritual to obtain contact with his personal "Holy Guardian Angel", at which point he is able to raise the dead, turn invisible, "fly in the Air and travel any whither", "heal divers maladies," "transform Animals into Men, and Men into Animals; etc." and basically whatever else he asks ...more
Keith
Aug 16, 2016 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of Magic(k) & Western Esoterica
Recommended to Keith by: Chris Grabarkiewctz
Much better and more complete than S. L. MacGregor Mathers' version The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage , as he was working from an incomplete French manuscript, whereas the authors here have access to an older and more thorough German copy, presumably closer to the German source. That said, I'm still hoping for a "second revised edition" to expand a bit and clean up some of the errata.
Athanasios
Feb 10, 2011 Athanasios rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome & informative for those who want to see what a lot of what the modern world knows as magic is based on.
Shelly
Jun 24, 2012 Shelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fictional stuff. This is when the occult takes Kabbalistic knowledge, alchemy, a variety of pagan rituals, mix in some Christianity, Judaism and any number of ancient beliefs and fairy tales, throws it all together and you get the material that's in this book. Waste of money, but if you are a collector of occult stuff and you can get a nice tooled leather antique copy of this book, that would be a nice coffee table ornament and conversation piece.
Joshua
Apr 05, 2013 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is essential reading for the occult student. While the ritual is cumbersome and practically impossible for the modern adept, the methods and the discussion of the book are a major part of the western occult tradition. For instance, many forms of magick discuss the discussions with the holy guardian angel, which the framework of is from this book. I learned a great deal about the occult sciences and Jewish mysticism reading this book--and if you're interested in increasing your knowledg ...more
Jesse King
Mar 13, 2014 Jesse King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty fucking cool; It's very puzzling - most of it, I'm not exactly sure how it works but it's very cool nonetheless. The old style font and type-face are dope, lots of victorian style scrolls and borders and things. There is a lot of mention of angels/demons names with the hebrew-to-english pronunciation and assignment of numerical values to each letter for the purpose of mathematical "operations".
Jure
May 07, 2013 Jure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thelemites
Shelves: magick-mysticism
A complete Magickal operation for what is commonly termed as 'The Knowledge and Conversation with Holy Guardian Angel'!

Very, very important book to, well, HAVE, if you are a serious Magickian.
Must-have for Thelemites.
Mogg Morgan
Jan 01, 2013 Mogg Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part early modern adventure story, almost the first novel, part a guide for the perplexed, part neuromantic user manual
Adam
Nov 02, 2008 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
wiggledy washy paint by number magic for fortune whores and bandits.
Michael Kelly
Dec 26, 2015 Michael Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's really nice to have a version of the Abramelin texts which are as complete as humanly possible, drawing upon all known manuscripts instead of just the single French one which Mathers used for his famous translation.

It's important to have the most accurate, complete information to hand. However, in purely practical terms, this volume has little to add to the Mathers edition as far as instruction is concerned. We learn that the original operation took 18 months instead of the 6 month period i
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K. Carters
This is the final book I used for research for my latest project. The content, details and names were brilliant and the introduction gave it an advantage over others. However, I have to admit that the magic square stuff went mostly over my head sadly. It's not an easy read but I will give it another try in the near future.
Kevin Gagnon
May 02, 2016 Kevin Gagnon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exactly what you bargain for : a pretty exhaustive grimoire of medieval-ish magic, centered around a monotheistic standpoint, angels and demons, one of the references in the matter. Very inspiring for roleplaying games and storytelling in general, although much of the rituals described therein simply describe how to be in the right mindset, make proper preparations months before the actual ritual or summoning, not the most impressive stuff. But then again, contrary to what D&D and LotR and H ...more
Anthony
Nov 04, 2014 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magick
Skip the first chapter and it's a lot easier read. No really :)
Tyrell Warner
Given the length and complexity of the rituals listed here, only a person with a great deal of expendable income and extra time could perform them- so if they did by some miracle work this could explain why we don't know about it.

It seems more likely the entire project was concocted while Crowley was in a heavy opium-derived stupor.
Dexter
Jan 23, 2015 Dexter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Expensive book, but worth it to get into the mind of Abramelin. What I found to be an issue was that the philosophy was based on Abrahamic religions, yet surprisingly for a medieval text open to pagan thought. A complete work based on many primary sources, and the best translation available.
Aaron Meyer
Jan 10, 2014 Aaron Meyer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult
Until the new translation came out this was the one to have, or should I say the only one available. Now it is relegated to a back shelf while the other takes the prominent position.
David Poole
The first book in the western cannon of esoteric grimoires to take an ascetic and yogic approach to Magick. See the Vision and the Voice 8th Aethyr for a summary of the devotional.
Henry Hallan
Jul 09, 2015 Henry Hallan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Angel part works. That was (and is) enough for me. However, there are probably easier ways.
Michael Herrman
Apr 04, 2012 Michael Herrman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Far more entertaining than practical. Crowley may have done it, yes, but Crowley was crazy.
Chris Feldman
Aug 01, 2009 Chris Feldman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-plus
Best edition of this classic.
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